Bility Wants 8 Years at the Football House, To Fully
Promote, Develop Football
Boss Musa Bility
Written by By Leroy M. Sonpon, III
The President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA),
Musa Bility, said that he is hopeful of completing his first
term of four years in office at the football house, and
optimistic of his reelection in 2013.
Mr. Bility indicated that he want to stay at the football
house for the eight years to effusively fulfill his dream
and passion for the game, by promoting and developing
The under-fire LFA boss, in an exclusive interview with our
reporter yesterday in Monrovia boosted of making tremendous
strives. He named the renovation of the Antoinette Tubman
Stadium (ATS), which include the lighting system to allow
games played at night; the securing of the first- ever
two-flat headquarters of the LFA for the period of four
years and the restructuring of the game, which is being
sponsored by Cellcom GSM Company.
The LFA boss, amongst other achievements, also named the
take-over of the national football teams, owing to a
successful Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed
between the LFA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports; the
surplus of international friendly games the Lone Star of
Liberia engages in, which has never been since in 20 years
and the relationship he enjoys with stakeholders and the
Government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Some stakeholders of the game, described Mr. Bility’s
achievements as “so-called,” saying that it is a “tip of
iceberg” of what Mr. Bility suppose to achieve.
They claimed the LFA boss has failed and are therefore
calling for his impeachment, while other vowed to not
re-elect him 2013.
Kojo is in Until After February 29:
The LFA boss differed with reports that Italian coach
Roberto Landi was dismissed owing to recommendation from
Chief Patron of Sports Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, owing to the
Lone Star of Liberia’s defeat in her present.
Mr. Bility said that immediately Liberia’s loss to Nigeria
on Wednesday, Coach Landi departed Liberia, contravening the
contract. “A communication to the Italian, terminating his
services, highlighted his failure to live up to a cardinal
portion of his contract-to spend most of his time in Liberia
with the national team. The contract says Coach Landi should
stay at least 15 days in the month in Liberia, which he
failed to do. Landi has over time failed to meet the minimum
time required with home based players and his very
He said that the LFA, through the Technical Director Henry
Browne, has appointed deputy coach Thomas Kojo as caretaker
coach pending the recruitment of a new head coach.
Kojo is a former Liberia international player. He was a
member of the Liberian team to the Mali 2002 Nations cup.
Before his appointment as deputy coach, Kojo coached FC-AK
in the South African league.
He will work with the rest of Landi’s deputies- Kelvin Sebwe
and Janjay Jacobs-for the match against Namibia on February
29 in Monrovia.
The match is a tough 2013 Africa Nations cup qualifier and
would service as the biggest test for the caretaker team.
The LFA boss maintains its policy to keep the national team
head coach job in the hands of a non Liberian by appointing
a new coach sooner than later.
The Italian international took over the national team last
year in a two-year contract in the middle of the 2012
Nations cup qualifiers. He first served as a sit-in coach
replacing ailing Hungarian Bertalan Bicskie in March of
Upon the death of coach Bicskie, Landi and the LFA entered
into a two-year deal. Landi was maintained by the LFA
following the elimination of the Lone star from the
qualifiers amidst mounting demand from some Liberians to
have him fired.
Bility Heads FIFA’s Marketing, Television Committee:
Also, in an exclusive interview with our reporter, the LFA
boss boast of an amicable relationship with the FIFA
President Sepp Blatter, evidence of his appointment as
member of the FIFA’s Marketing and Television Advisory
Bility is amongst the 16-member FIFA’s marketing and
Television Advisory Board, which is clothed with the
authority to advise the Executive Committee with regard to
drafting and implementing contracts between FIFA and its
various marketing/television partners and analyse marketing
and television strategies that have been devised.
Rochell Woodson Is Not LFA’s Choice
The LFA boss further told our reporters that in the meeting
with FIFA boss Sepp Blatter in Libreville, Gabon, the
football house is calling for the revocation of Rochell
Woodson, who was appointed as member of the FIFA’s Women
Football Committee and Women World Cup.
“Rochell was not appointed properly, so we want her out…we
are doing this to set principle and standard…she is not the
LFA’s choice,” Mr. Bility said.
Nevertheless, some stakeholders and football fans are
calling on the LFA to be nationalistic and leave Ms. Woodson
alone. “We all are Liberians, let the LFA or Mr. Bility
leave her alone….for the sake of reconciliation and the
country,” Dennis Dunbar, a football fan said.